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Why Sugar Addiction Is for Real | The Fix

August 30, 2012

Is sugar addiction more serious than we realize? Terms like “chocoholic” and “sugar addict” get thrown around, and we sometimes hear of celebrities like the Spice Girls’ Gerri Halliwell quitting the sweet stuff, or Nancy Pelosi’s chocoholism. But more people than we think are true sugar addicts, according to Ann Hull. She’s the founder and president of The Hull Institute—an eating disorder treatment center in Ohio. “I see a number of patients who are bulimics who crave sugar,” she tells The Fix. “I’ve never seen anyone who binges on broccoli! It’s always sugar and white flour, which metabolizes as sugar.” Due to growing awareness of the problem, she says, many rehabs are adopting sugar-free meal plans, hoping to stop another addiction from starting in recovery. “Some people cannot stop,” says Hull. “There are some people presenting themselves to weight loss clinics who have an addiction to sugar. They talk about this intense need for sugar, and binging secretly.” She adds, “Sugar is not a food group. You can chose to stop eating sugar, and if you can, you can chose to ask for help. I treat it like I would any other addiction.”

via Why Sugar Addiction Is for Real | The Fix.

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